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Ezhimala was chosen by Indian Navy to locate the Naval Academy due to its picturesque surroundings, seafaring traditions of the region and rich historical past. In 1982, the Government of India approved the Navy's proposal after the Government of Kerala agreed to provide the proposed 2500 acres of land and basic infrastructure for area development, free of cost. The predominant hill feature of Ezhimala, the Mount Dilli,  is 260 m  high. Mt Dilli Light house is situated in the southern part of the base and to the north lies the Kavvayi backwaters.  
 

      The name ‘Ezhimala’ is believed to be the malayalam equivalent of ‘Seven Hills’ and is derived from the seven hills dominating the skyline of this area. The place was also known as ‘Elimala’ meaning ‘Rat Hill’ possibly due to the large number of rodents infesting the forests here. Yet another legend has it that the name was derived from ‘Ezhil Malai’ meaning land of beauty. Folklore has it that the seven hills are part of the ‘Rishabadri’ mountain that fell to the earth when Lord Hanuman was carrying the mountain with Mrita Sanjivani and other herbs to lanka. 

     The history of the area is well documented over the last 1500 years. The area has been successively ruled by the Ashoka and Vijayanagaram empires as well as by Tipu Sultan. Ruins of fortifications erected by Tipu Sultan can be seen near mt dilli light house.   The area fell into british hands, after they defeated Tipu Sultan in the third mysore war. The portuguese are also known to have held this land during the nineteenth century. The name Mt Dilli is understood to be a refinement of Mt D'elli which was the original name given by the portuguese.  

 
 

       The Academy estate is a vast area broadly divisible into the coastal strip facing the Arabian Sea in the West, followed in the  by the low undulating hills forming the middle strip, and the uplands forming a part of the Western Ghats in the East. All the three segments merge into each other to form a compact landmark of diverse ecological setting within a limited area of about 2500 acres. Among the landmarks of the area, Mount Dilli and the Lighthouse, which bears its name, are the most dominating.

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Zamorin beach - a  seven kilometre stretch